Role Call 357magnum users, past and present

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Role Call 357magnum users, past and present

Post by mickb » 27 Aug 2019, 12:15 am

How many fans of the 357 magnum in long guns are out there, or any else who has pulled the trigger on one?

I am pretty big fan of the little case myself in lever guns. Getting into it for the first time I considered pistol cartridges a bit of an obscure novelty, so I was surprised to find them more popular than I thought. There are currently 16 going for sale on usedguns for example. Not exactly 30-30 or 308 level numbers(40+), but still beating calibres like 6.5, 25-06 for ad numbers.

Would it be fair to say its moderately well represented in the game fields? Or would a lot of this popularity also be the advent of cowboy action shooting?

Also back in 'the day', aka 70's and 80's and 90's do any of the older members know if 357 levers had any showing in Australia?
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Post by bladeracer » 27 Aug 2019, 2:31 am

mickb wrote:How many fans of the 357 magnum in long guns are out there, or any else who has pulled the trigger on one?

I am pretty big fan of the little case myself in lever guns. Getting into it for the first time I considered pistol cartridges a bit of an obscure novelty, so I was surprised to find them more popular than I thought. There are currently 16 going for sale on usedguns for example. Not exactly 30-30 or 308 level numbers(40+), but still beating calibres like 6.5, 25-06 for ad numbers.

Would it be fair to say its moderately well represented in the game fields? Or would a lot of this popularity also be the advent of cowboy action shooting?

Also back in 'the day', aka 70's and 80's and 90's do any of the older members know if 357 levers had any showing in Australia?


I still need to find a .357, but I'm enjoying .38 Special. I had no interest in levers back then so I don't know how common the pistol calibers were. I knew the Ruger .44 Mag semi-auto was available though.
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Post by No1Mk3 » 27 Aug 2019, 4:55 am

G'day mickb,
357 in rifles only really came about with the advent of SASS in Australia. The cowboys adopted it as a modern version of the old 38-40 which was popular in the Model 92, along with it's big brother the 44-40. In the 70's if you wanted a small caliber game rifle you bought a US 30M1 Carbine, or a Mini 14. Lever action had pretty much settled on the 30-30 or Marlins big 444, with a few "exotics" like the BLR and the superb Sako Finnwolf in a smaller rifle caliber. Now we are spoilt for choice in lever rifles in 45-70, 22rf, 38spl and 357 plus the old time favourites in 44-40 and 45lc as well as the rifle calibers. Funnily enough the 444 Marlin seems to have dropped away these days. I don't have one, won't have one either, 357 for me is a pistol only thing, and if I get a rifle in a pistol caliber it will be an original Winchester in 25-20 or 32-40, something old, like me! Cheers.
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Post by juano86 » 27 Aug 2019, 7:20 am

I have a 16" Rossi 92 with a skinner peep sight in .357 magnum. i shoot the 158gr Hornady XTP's and its absolute hog medicine inside 100yrs. such a handy and cool little 357 lever gun!
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Post by wanneroo » 27 Aug 2019, 8:03 am

I like 357 Magnum but don't have a lever rifle for it yet but would like to someday.
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Post by wrenchman » 27 Aug 2019, 9:00 am

i have a henry and a ruger gp100 i have been working up loads for the henry my son wants to go chase some hogs in the fall i will try to get one with the henry
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Post by mickb » 27 Aug 2019, 4:27 pm

Nice boar juan! No1mk3, thanks for that historical update. Growing up I don't remember the calibre being overly popular here, so its fit in with what you are saying. I remember one of the revolving carbines were being sold way back. Blokes were buying them and chopping them into revolvers, of course nothing being registered back then.

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Post by wrenchman » 29 Aug 2019, 11:56 pm

no harm done i am good with it the only ones that might take offense is the guys from the southern states they call me a yank to
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Post by perentie » 30 Aug 2019, 6:38 am

I recently bought the Alfa-Proj .357 mag revolving carbine. Got it to group the Hornady XTP OK but cant get it to group any hard cast lead yet. The XTP,s are a bit expensive for plinking.
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Post by wrenchman » 11 Sep 2019, 2:55 am

i am having a problem with hornady brass so have stop buying if i want to reload it but it is good stuff to hunt with.
i did buy some fiocchi 142 grs fmjtc stuff i got great groups from my hery and my ruger gp100 its fmj stuff so i wont hunt with it i got it for the brass.
i am finding the henry is liking stuff on the hot side i didnt think it would with a 1:16 twist
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Post by Bill » 11 Sep 2019, 6:21 am

Yeah just joined the 357 rifle club, sort of wanted to test the water after mucking around with the 256 win.

Havent reloaded for it but I have notice that not all brass is created equal lol.

Found out starline is crap but getting good results with CBC brass.

Keen to do some plinking should be good little bunny buster
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Post by meawls » 11 Sep 2019, 9:53 am

Picked up my Marlin in 357 to replace the 30 M1 carbine that had to be handed in in the land off the free back in 1996. It was an easy choice since I’d owned a revolver in the caliber for 8 years prior. It wears a Leupold 1.5-5 scope, and as others have said is a beaut pig muncher over shorter ranges. Haven’t crunched the numbers but in an “in the field” situation seems to fairly easily pip the 30 Carbine performance wise. What’s good about it - heaps of projectile choices (and in rifle these can be driven at higher revs than pistol - so you’ll typically get good expansion) small rifle primers, cheap to run ... and with the advent of trailboss some great subsonic potential exists for cheap, recoil free/low noise plinking, and 38 special can be happily run to make the plinking even cheaper! This particular rifle has micro groove rifling that allows some accurate shooting if you take the time to experiment with loads - with zero effort on my part it’s won me gold medal at SSAA state level and silver at National level. So all round it’s a keeper that I almost certainly would have never contemplated pre 1996. Thanks Mr Howard!!
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Post by Kelsey Cooter » 11 Sep 2019, 10:11 am

Bill wrote:Yeah just joined the 357 rifle club, sort of wanted to test the water after mucking around with the 256 win.

Havent reloaded for it but I have notice that not all brass is created equal lol.

Found out starline is crap but getting good results with CBC brass.

Keen to do some plinking should be good little bunny buster


What was wrong with the starline brass you used? I have heaps of brass for 357 so have never bought starline. I use and like starline brass in 38-40 and 44-40. I also have 45colt starline brass but I've been thinking of trying some Winchester brass for the 45
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Post by Bill » 11 Sep 2019, 10:58 am

Hey Kelsey, primer pockets a bit on the large size, tried 3 diff primers and none feel tight enough, vertical cracking on a few cases heads yet the same loads are fine with the CBC brass.

Maybe just a bad bunch as plenty of positive reviews re starline

A few boys at the range reckon the federal stuff is good quality, but that's loaded ammo, not sure they sell brass
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Post by pomemax » 11 Sep 2019, 11:54 am

Bought a 357 m back in the early 80s ( Rossi sadle ring carbine ) alwas had a Rossi ever since the current one has a layman peep sight fitted to it .
Light enough to carry all day pick you shots and fast follow ups cant complain .

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at the range reckon the federal stuff is good quality, but that's loaded ammo, not sure they sell brass, buy a few hundred empty then refill all good fun .
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Post by wrenchman » 12 Sep 2019, 8:19 am

they just stop importing the rossi here to states i dont no why i do like the 92 and the cowboy shooters do to
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Post by gunnnie » 15 Sep 2019, 9:48 am

I did own a Marlin 1894 Carbine in 357mg. The short 16" bbl made for a very handy little rig in the thick stuff. I run 158gn JHP projos over a wamish load of Win296. It hit with authority up close. Sold it as I was chasing a Finn M39.

Currently have levers in several pistol cartridges - 25-20, 32-20, 44-40 & 44mag.
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Post by wrenchman » 17 Sep 2019, 8:19 am

Went to th range today worked on the hand loads my 158 grain hand loads and the factory loads I have seemed to group about the same 180 grand were hitting about 8 inches low this is the grouping of the 158
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